NONFICTION MONDAY: Koala Hospital by Suzi Eszterhas


Koala Hospital kicks off the new 4-book Wildlife Rescue series from Owlkids Books. Each book introduces a species of animal in danger somewhere in the world and invites readers inside a rescue center that helps them. Photos by award–winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas give readers a rare view of the animals and the high level of care they receive.

Koala Hospital features a koala rescue center in Australia. It shows why koalas are in danger, how they come to be in the sanctuary, and the process of healing and rehabilitating koalas for return to the wild. Koala Hospital also focuses on the people who work at the rescue center and how they aid the animals.

Other special features include a map showing the rescue center and the koala’s native habitat range, as well as an index, glossary, and author Q&A based on common questions from kids. An author’s note at the end introduces readers to small-scale ways that even they can help save koalas.

Informational text features: table of contents, photographs with captions

A portion of the royalties from sales of this book will be donated to the Koala Hospital.


Koala Hospital contains not only gorgeous photographs and readable text, but a powerful story about conservation.  Suzi Eszterhas has done a great job documenting her experiences with the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia.  She shows not only lots of pictures of the animals themselves, but the steps that the many volunteers take to take care of the animals and whenever possible release them back into the wild.  The dedication of these volunteers shines through loud and clear as they dedicate their time to raising, treating, and helping koalas.  This book beautifully highlights the good that can be accomplished when human beings work with nature and not against it.  The information included about koalas is also bound to fascinate young animal lovers.  This is what picture book nonfiction should be.


  1. I loved this book too! The photos were wonderful. I also really liked Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife by Julia Coey.

  2. I'll have to find that one! Thanks!

  3. It's great! I'm a huge fan of urban ecology and I write nature nf too. My debut nf, Coyote Moon (Roaring Brook) comes out in July :).


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